"Styrofoam Plates" as written by Christopher Walla, Benjamin Gibbard and Nicholas Harmer....
There's a saltwater film on the jar of your ashes:
I threw them to sea but a
Gust blew them backwards and the sting in my eyes
That you then inflicted was par for the course just as when you were living.

It's no stretch to say you were not quite a father but a donor of seeds to a
Poor single mother that would raise us alone,
We'd never see the money that
Went down your throat
Through the hole in your belly.

Thirteen years old in the suburbs of Denver
Standing in line for Thanksgiving dinner at the catholic church. the servers
Wore crosses
To shield from the sufferance plauging the others.
Styrofoam plates, cafeteria
Tables charity reeks of cheap wine and pity
And I'm thinking of you. I do every year
When we count all our blessings
And wonder what we're doing here.

You're a disgrace to the concept of family
The priest won't divulge that fact in his homily and I'll stand up and scream
If the mourning remain quiet,
You can deck out a lie in a suit but I won't buy it.

I won't join in the procession that's speaking their peace.
Using five dollar words while praising his integrity.
And just cause he's gone it doesn't change the fact:
He was a bastard in life thus a bastard in death.


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"Styrofoam Plates" as written by Christopher Walla Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commentthe song is about his dad. i think the rest can be comprehended by the lyrics.
    the only part that stumps me is the line "we never saw the money that went down your throat through the hole in your belly."
    the only thing i can make of it is he was an alcoholic. it's on a guess. anyone know the real meaning?
    gangstaprankstaon October 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has so much meaning its incredible. 'it's no stretch to say you were not quite a father but a donor of seeds to a poor single mother'.. i love that. i love this song.. i love death cab... how can you resist?
    intoyoulikeatrainon April 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti totally love the beginning of this song. every verse flows into the next. i love death cab!
    fotoon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, this song is beautiful. "just because he's gone it doesn't change the fact: he was a bastard in life thus a bastard in death". i love that line. and the intro. and the entire song. soooo great.
    deliriumtriggeron May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me sad, mostly because I have a half brother who I've never met. My life's been pretty good financially wise but I know he lived with his mother. I have no clue if my dad sent money and I know they barely visited. It makes me wonder...
    XmisfitXgirlXon June 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, it just penetrates you.
    alphabeticalon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful song... i love it
    teKion June 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentof course. of there was a better word to describe this song, other than beautiful, i think everyone would use it.
    thePIXIEprincesson June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great! it's like a story being told, and it's done great. i think his voice sounds VERY nice in this song.
    sayitainthalighon July 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. i have nothing else to say.
    I'm speechless
    Badfish2on July 18, 2002   Link

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